Imagine that you're riding on a crowded subway, and in one stop you'll be exactly where you needed to be. For the duration, you probably wouldn't want to unravel your mess of a bag and get too comfortable in your seat, simply because you want to be prepared to get out on time. Nor would you want to get distracted and miss your station. Most likely you would want to be alert enough to make sure you get out on time, that is you goal after all. But then, the street entertainers begin to play a smoothing melody, and your vision becomes hazier and hazier by the second. Within a minute, you snap out of it because you forgot to buy milk on the way over. You silently lament over your forgetfulness, because all you wanted to do was eat cereal and watch the last season of frien.....oh darn. You missed your station.
You missed your station because you, figuratively, were so wrapped around the little distractions of life. If I were to translate this example into real life, the hurried rhythm of the train would be the life we are living now, and the anticipating station would be the kingdom of God - which is where we are meant to be - not by our own works, but through God's grace. (Assuming the person who is reading this blog post has accepted Jesus Christ into their life, although assumptions are dangerous..)
As it's been said in 1 Peter 2:11, "Dear friends, I urge you as strangers and temporary residents to abstain from fleshy desires that war against you.
And in other translations it uses the words: "pilgrims", "foreigners", and "sojourners". All of those words have something in common, those people are not intended to permanently stay where they are at. We believers are intentional travelers, purposefully wandering in a foreign land.
"But our citizenship is in heaven from which we also eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ." Philippians 3: 20
Notice how the first part of the Scripture states that our citizenship is in heaven? That means that our lives do not end here, it goes on and on - eternally. And because of that, we need to focus on eternity. We need an eternal goal. We are on a mission - doesn't that sound so rad and make you feel like a CIA agent?!? Their focused mindset is such an admirable quality, not to forget to mention their awesome spy suits...
ANYWAYS. We need a mission that paves the very roads we are walking on, so we will not aimlessly stray away...like how I did 2 seconds ago.
Our main mission:
We are called to love the Lord with all our heart, all our souls, and all our mind - to make Him the driving force of our lives. We are called to make disciples everywhere and anywhere. We are called to love those around us who are easy to love AND hard to love. We are called to live according to what is written in the bible.
We must know that we are not here to stay, and there is great joy in knowing that. DO YOU FEEL THAT JOY?! You should. I should. We all should. I mean come on - we're going to be with Jesus Christ in heaven someday. We'll finally get to meet him and experience the ungraspable joy it speaks about in the bible. That is in the future for us and isn't that just enough to make your whole body dance with joy?!? Just knowing that the best we experience here on earth won't even compare to what is come! That in itself is soo astounding! There is such peace of mind when you focus on eternity. Whatever season in life you may be in, may you always hold this joy, this hope, as an anchor for your soul - as you eagerly wait for the Lord.
May this knowledge change our focus onto something that is eternally promised.